Welcome to OWW Radio! Each week hosts David (@dlb19338) and Alex (@AlexGoff84) will provide perspective to the WWE, TNA, and everything else making news in the world of professional wrestling. A new episode will be posted each week. This week David and Alex celebrate Thanksgiving by reflecting on what they are thankful in pro wrestling. They discuss Hulk Hogan, Total Divas, ROH TV, WrestleCon, Survivor Series, and much more!
After last week’s angle where World Heavyweight Champion John Cena came out and he had a stare off with WWE Champion Randy Orton at Survivor Series PPV, it has been speculated that WWE will finally unify the titles.
Welcome to the 26th Annual Survivor Series, let’s get into it
The Shield & Real Americans def. Rey Mysterio, Usos, Cody, Goldust
ARs Truth: A good opening match that had an upset with the winners. All men got good time but with their only being Reigns as the last guy he stood out for a reason. He will be someone down the road but right now I’m not sure that time is now.
I just want to come out before I dive into this prediction column and say if WWE expects big numbers from this PPV then they have officially lost their minds. Look just at the card and how they built things up it should be a card that has some good matches but nothing to go out of your way and pay 60-65 bucks for. The build to this PPV has been poor in the nicest terms. On to the card:
Welcome to the RassleBag. Sunday brings us Survivor Series, the least big of the “Big Four” shows on the WWE calendar. Whereas WrestleMania is sui generis and SummerSlam and the Royal Rumble remain the epic tentpoles they were originally envisioned to be, Survivor Series is a remnant of a time when pro wrestling storytelling was about dragging out major feuds as long as possible (and when Thanksgiving seemed like a reasonable time to program a big wrestling show). I charted the history of the Series two years ago, but here’s the short version: It used to be four or five good guys versus four or five bad guys. No longer. These days, you won’t find superstars wasting time in multi-partner tag matches. The title bouts are just like at any other PPV; the only difference is that WWE makes a lackluster effort to keep the tradition going by tossing out a couple teams of mid-carders. All it does is remind us how far the event has fallen. But don’t take my word for it — take it from my readers.
When did Survivor Series cards start resembling Payback? Isn’t this supposed to be one of the big four? Why not push the 4-on-4 elimination style matches as a once a year extravaganza?
Why doesn’t WWE stick with the traditional Survivor Series format? It seems that the old format would be more conducive to extending feuds and keep them from having to create too many new angles.
Why doesn’t WWE bring back War Games?
This is just a taste of the torrent of mail I got from wrestling fans exasperated about the state of Survivor Series. Grantland’s own Bill Simmons is on the record as advocating that it be replaced by Money in the Bank because MITB at least has a big match built into it. I can’t totally disagree, except that I’m a whiny traditionalist who thinks the Survivor Series legacy is worth salvaging. But how?
It’s that time of year again. Just like we did last November, WWE.com cornered some of your favorite Superstars (and Fandango) in the locker room and asked them to choose the four members of their dream Survivor Series teams. The playing field was wide open. Superstars could pick any competitors, past or present, just as long as they gave us a reason why they’d like to tag up with them.
This year’s WWE Survivor Series PPV goes down the 24th of November. There have been so many changes to the wrestling business and the way it has gone from the golden ages to the attitude era and now to the PG era. A couple years ago it was believed to be dead and almost taken off the calendar of the WWE. With the fourth biggest PPV that WWE has (WrestleMania, Summerslam, Royal Rumble) only a matter of two weeks away.
Let’s go back and take a look at the history of this event.
In the November issue of WWE Magazine, editors from both WWE.com and the magazine made their case for the best Survivor Series squad in WWE history. You’ve read the arguments, and now it’s YOUR turn to make your voices heard.